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Police clash with bus fare protesters in Brazil

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 01:12

Brazilian police have fired tear gas during a protest against bus fare hikes in Sao Paolo. Yiming Woo reports.

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Police fire tear gas to disperse protesters demonstrating against the rise in public transport fares. The government wants to increase bus fares in Sao Paolo, Brazil's largest city, from the equivalent of 80 cents to 90 cents. Inflation in the country is now more than 10 percent. Demonstrators say the price hike is unjustified because of the bad quality of public transport and constant strikes by workers. While there have been reports that some protesters have been throwing stones and rocks at the police, there were a few who said the police attacked them. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) WOUNDED STUDENT PROTESTER, HEBER VELOZO, SAYING: "The police don't know how to work, they are not prepared. We were not doing anything, I was attacked with a book in my hand, not a stone, not a bomb, a book." The latest demonstrations could play a part in determining the outcome of the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff. Her popularity has been crushed by a sweeping anti-corruption investigation and the recession, Brazil's worst in more than 25 years.

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Police clash with bus fare protesters in Brazil

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 - 01:12